Ailsa Horizons training scheme enjoys big success

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Ailsa Horizons are celebrating this week after they enjoyed a positive response to their transport training scheme.

The social enterprise and charity network who are based in Girvan’s Dalrymple Street ran a Minibus Driver Awareness Training (MIDAS) programme this week for ten members of community groups across the area free of charge.

The training covered both classroom-based theory training and an on-road driving assessment for minibus drivers, plus additional training on passenger assistance and the use of wheelchair accessible vehicles for drivers who will be transporting passengers with disabilities.

The course was provided as part of Ailsa Horizon’s Carrick Community Transport Development Project, which is funded by the Mainland Ayrshire Leader programme, Carrick Futures, South Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Community Planning Partnership, Scottish Power Renewables and Ailsa Horizons.

Catriona Haston, Co-ordinator for the Project, explained: “The course is designed to enhance minibus driving standards by promoting a nationally recognised standard for the assessment and training of minibus drivers.

“We are very pleased to have been able to arrange for local groups to get the training free of charge.”

Ailsa Horizons are hoping to run a second course in the near future.

Any community group member who drives community minibuses and is interested in the chance to increase their skills and knowledge can contact Catriona Haston, Community Transport Coordinator at Ailsa Horizons on 01465 710628 or